Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well-established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.

The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Klimanjaro using the Marangu route.
The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favored only during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred.

View from Moshi to Kilimanjaro

Arrival in Tanzania

On your arrival, you will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to a hotel in Moshi town; where you will meet a mountain guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gears. The missing gears can be hired on this day or on the next morning before leaving for your Kilimanjaro Marangu Trekking.

Hotel in Moshi: bed and breakfast included.

Day 1: Moshi – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut

In the morning after breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel for briefing about daily routine during your climb to Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu route and there after we depart Arusha town for Marangu Gate. Begin your Mount Kilimanjaro climb through the rain forests, for 4 to 5 hours hike to Mandara Hut (2750m). Overnight Stay Mandara Hut – Mount Kilimanjaro.

Distance covered: 8.3 km / 5.2  miles.
Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast; Included.

Kilimanjaro Marangu Trekking
Horombo Hut | Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

Day 2: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

After breakfast, leave the glades of the rain forest and continue Kilimanjaro Marangu Trekking into open rolling moorland. The trek takes about 5-6 hours hike to Horombo Hut (3820m). Overnight Stay Horombo Hut – Mount Kilimanjaro.

Distance covered: 12.5 km / 7.8 miles
Approx. time taken: 9 hours
Meals: Breakfast;Included

Optional Day: Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks then back to Horombo Hut

Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4 hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day.

Distance covered: 5 km / 3.1 mi
Approx. time taken: 4 hours
Meals:  Included

Zebra rocks | Kilimanjaro Marangu Trekking

Day 3: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut

After a good night’s rest, you start your Kilimanjaro Marangu trekking past the last water point to reach Kibo saddle, a broad desert zone between the two peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Kibo Hut (4720m) is reached in 5-6 hours hike. Overnight Stay Kibo Hut (4720m) – Mount Kilimanjaro.

Distance covered: 9.5 km / 5.9 miles
Approx. time taken: 7 hours
Meals:  Included

Day 4: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak the summit 5,895m – Horombo Hut

At Kibo hut (4720) Wake up at Midnight, the start for the Summit is made just after midnight at before star serve with light refreshment than proceed to the steepest part of the route - the way to Gillman’s point (5700m). A further 1 to 2 hours walk, early morning reaching to the Summit Uhuru Peak (5895m) celebrates your success of Mount Kilimanjaro climb, take the photos before descend to Horombo Hut (3820m) 5-6 hours. Overnight Stay Horombo Hut – Mount Kilimanjaro.

Distance covered: 22 km / 13.7 miles.
Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
Meals: Included.

Mt. Kilimanjaro by Sunrise
Marangu Gate | Kilimanjaro Marangu Trekking

Day 5: Marangu Gate – Transfer to Moshi or Arusha

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

Distance covered: 20.8 km / 12.9 miles.
Approx. time taken: 8 hours
Meals:  Included.


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There is not only one single option to trekk to the summit of Kilimanjaro. In total there are 6 optional routes. Please find in the buttons below the information and daily itinerary of the other routes.

ONA SAFARI - Kilimanjaro Routes Overview